Duino Elegies and The Sonnets to Orpheus

  • by Rainer Maria Rilke (translated by Stephen Mitchell)
  • Narrated by Stephen Mitchell
  • 1 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The poetry of Rainer Maria Rilke addresses the issues of God, death, and "destructive time." Rilke tries to transform these problems into an inner world, what he calls "a whole inner world as if an angel, comprehending all space, were blind and looking into himself." Eminent author and translator Stephen Mitchell brings these ideas vividly to life in this new translation of Rilke's most transcendent works.

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What the Critics Say

"Rilke has at last found, in Mitchell's version, the ideal English poetics and the perfect translator." (William Arrowsmith, co-author of The Craft and Context of Translation)

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warning: listen before buying

I wish I had! The narrator gives a simpering, anemic reading of one of the most vital, compelling works in all of literature, as if trying to be the very apotheosis of an effete sensitive Victorian poet. Maybe Rilke intended his work to be read in this way, but I doubt it. Its more like a parody, and an unlistenable one at that. What a waste!
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- John

Remarkable poetry read by its best translator

This is a brilliant collection of poetry read by Stephen Mitchell, by far the preeminent translator of Rilke. It is a nice combination, with clear audio and a very credible reading.
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- Douglas

Book Details

  • Release Date: 12-15-1999
  • Publisher: Phoenix Books